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AMME9500: Engineering Dynamics (2020 - Semester 1)

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Unit: AMME9500: Engineering Dynamics (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Bryson, Mitch
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: AMME5500.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study will focus on the principles governing the state of motion or rest of bodies under the influence of applied force and torque, according to classical mechanics. The course aims to teach students the fundamental principles of the kinematics and kinetics of systems of particles, rigid bodies, planar mechanisms and three-dimensional mechanisms, covering topics including kinematics in various coordinate systems, Newton's laws of motion, work and energy principles, impulse and momentum (linear and angular), gyroscopic motion and vibration. Students will develop skills in analysing and modelling dynamical systems, using both analytical methods and computer-based solutions using MATLAB. Students will develop skills in approximating the dynamic behaviour of real systems in engineering applications and an appreciation and understanding of the effect of approximations in the development and design of systems in real-world engineering tasks.
Assumed Knowledge: University level Maths and Physics, especially covering the area of Mechanics, and familiarity with the MATLAB programming environment.
Lecturer/s: Dr Bryson, Mitch
Timetable: AMME9500 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 3.00 2 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 4.00
4 Laboratory 3.00 1 2
T&L Activities: Lectures will be used to present and review theoretical concepts in dynamics, develop a conceptual understanding of dynamics and develop problem-solving skills and tools in analysing and solving problems involving dynamical systems. Time will be spent reviewing problems and practising the solution to problems both analytically and through computer-based solution. During lectures, students will be asked questions and are expected to participate in activities involving real-time survey and response in small groups, designed to assist in their understanding of new concepts.

Tutorials will involve structured activities during which tutors will work through example problems and students will complete a marked tutorial activity. Additional tutorial time will be used to work on assignment tasks that will be distributed over the semester from week 1 to week 13 inclusive. Tutorials will involve a mixture of hand-written and computer-based problem solving tasks. Each student is allocated to one tutorial session per week (2 hours) and should only attend the session according to their timetable. Students will only receive marks for their tutorial activity if they attend and submit their work during their allocated tutorial.

There are two laboratory activities during the course: (a) Gyroscopes and (b) Vibration, each running for 3 hours. Each student will attend each laboratory once during the semester, according to their week allocations specified on their timetable. Laboratory activities will involve experimental exercises using real mechanical systems that are designed to compliment topics in the lectures and assignments, and each student will submit a written laboratory report for each lab within one week of their lab date. Laboratories will run starting from week 2.

Attendance at all lectures and designated tutorial and laboratory sessions in both expected and compulsory.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Thorough understanding of the application of topics in differential and integral calculus, vector calculus and linear algebra to dynamics and an ability to use results in these fields to analyse and perform calculations involving dynamical systems. (1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
Ability to understand the concepts of particle motion and rotation and how these apply in engineering problems. Ability to use basic computational tools in MATLAB to examine and solve problems that are too cumbersome to solve by hand. (2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 2)
Ability to realistically model an engineering situation involving bodies in motion and apply fundamental principles in kinematics and kinetics to its solution. (4) Design (Level 2)
Ability to communicate results in the analysis and solution to engineering problems involving dynamics through the logical presentation of problems solving steps, computer code and written reports.
Ability to use basic information literacy skills to seek out existing approaches to the modelling and design of dynamic components of real engineering systems
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1)
1. Ability to use basic information literacy skills to seek out existing approaches to the modelling and design of dynamic components of real engineering systems.
2. Ability to communicate results in the analysis and solution to engineering problems involving dynamics through the logical presentation of problems solving steps, computer code and written reports.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 2)
3. Ability to model and approximate real engineering scenarios to basic first-order systems of dynamical equations that can be analysed by the methods developed in the course.
4. Ability to outline a logical approach to solving complex problems involving bodies undergoing acceleration based on common scenarios encountered in engineering.
5. Ability to analyse problems involving varying coordinate systems, relative motion involving both translating and rotating frames of reference and apply principles of kinematics and kinetics to these systems.
6. Ability to apply the principle of work and energy to both systems of particles and rigid-body planar kinetics.
7. Ability to apply the principles of impulse, linear and angular momentum to both systems of particles and rigid-body planar kinetics.
8. Ability to generate equations of motions for multi-degree of freedom systems involving particles and rigid bodies using free body diagrams and principles of kinetics.
9. Ability to determine the equations of motion of free and forced vibrating mechanical systems.
10. Ability to use basic computational tools and numerical methods in MATLAB to model, simulate and solve dynamic behaviours of multi-body systems.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
11. Appreciation and understanding of fundamental principles in differential and integral calculus, vector calculus and linear algebra and their application in the derivation of dynamical equations of motion.
12. Ability to use mathematical tools to analytically derive dynamical equations of motion and calculate results using these tools.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Tutorials Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
2 Assignment 1 No 10.00 Week 4 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12,
3 Assignment 2 No 10.00 Week 8 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12,
4 Assignment 3 No 10.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,
5 Lab Reports* No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 9, 12,
6 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12,
Assessment Description: Tutorials: Tutorials will run weeks 1-13 inclusive and will require the submission of a tutorial worksheet to the tutors during the tutorial, which will be marked. You will only receive your mark if you attend your allocated tutorial session and submit your worksheet to the tutors within the allocated time.

Assignments: There will be three assignments during the course (due at the end of weeks 4, 8 and 13) each worth 10% of the final mark. Assignments 1 and 2 will involve a combination of problem solving, analysis and calculation, computer-based analysis and report writing, based on topics presented in the associated lectures. Assignment 3 will involve students performing research into a dynamic system in an engineering application of their choice (for example industrial machinery, automotive suspension, aircraft/spacecraft flight dynamics, athletic biomechanics etc.) performing analysis and computer-based modelling of the system.

Laboratory Attendance and Reports: The two laboratories are worth 5% each, and are assessed based on a written report that must be submitted (via Canvas) within two weeks of the corresponding lab session. Attendance is also compulsory, and students will receive zero marks for non-attendance for each lab, regardless of the report writing component.

The exam for the course is worth 50% of the final mark.
Assessment Feedback: Assessments will be submitted by students using the Turnitin system, and marked assessments will be returned to the students via the same system. Marked assignments will be returned to students within two weeks of the submission date. The text-based similarity detecting software (within Turnitin) is used within this course.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
  • Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics
Online Course Content: Resources for this unit will be posted on the University`s Learning Management System (LMS), available when the course begins:
Note on Resources: The library contains a range of mechanics and dynamics focussed from call numbers 531.11-531.3 or 620.1-620.104.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to Dynamics, revision of selected mathematical topics, kinematics of particles in various coordinate systems
Week 2 Kinematics and Kinetics of Particles: Relative and constrained motion, force mass and acceleration
Week 3 Kinematics and Kinetics of Particles: Work, Energy, Impulse and Momentum.
Week 4 Kinetics of particles in relative frames of reference, angular momentum, kinetics of systems of particles.
Assessment Due: Assignment 1
Week 5 Introduction to dynamics of rigid bodies, Plane kinematics of rigid bodies
Week 6 Plane kinetics of rigid bodies: force, mass and acceleration
Week 7 Plane kinetics of rigid bodies: work, energy, impulse and momentum
Week 8 Three-dimensional kinematics of rigid bodies
Assessment Due: Assignment 2
Week 9 Three-dimensional kinetics of rigid bodies
Week 10 Free and forced vibration of particles and rigid bodies
Week 11 Advanced computer modeling of dynamic systems
Week 12 Advanced topics: dynamics of variable mass systems, introduction to Lagrangian mechanics, Laplace transforms and transfer functions
Week 13 Course review and revision
Assessment Due: Assignment 3
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Aerospace) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 2) No 0%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1) Yes 11%
(4) Design (Level 2) Yes 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 2) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 2) Yes 68.5%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) Yes 17.5%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.